A successful outcome through the Environment Court’s direct referral process.
Meridian Energy proposed to construct and operate a 33-turbine wind farm on privately owned farmland in North Canterbury.
Located between Omihi and Greta Valley, the $200M Hurunui Wind Farm would provide the same amount of additional electricity as used by about 33,000 homes, making a meaningful contribution to power supply in the upper South Island.
It was one of the early developments to take advantage of the “direct referral” process to the Environment Court, under the Resource Management Act.
Boffa Miskell carried out terrestrial and aquatic assessments, including avian surveys, for the assessment of effects. We prepared and delivered Environment Court (at Meridian’s request, the resource consent application was directly referred to the Environment Court) evidence. The Environment Court granted consent for the project in April 2013.
Like many wind farms, the Hurunui location is visually prominent and located close to several inland and coastal settlements and rural properties. Unmitigable adverse visual effects would occur for some of these properties, but this impact was outweighed by regional and national benefits.
Our planners led the preparation of the assessment of effects on the environment informing the resource consent application. We were also involved in public and stakeholder engagement, including public consultation meetings and open days.
We successfully provided expert planning and ecological evidence to the Environment Court, and consent was granted to the development in 2013.
Preparation of an assessment of effects on the ecology. Presented expert planning and ecological evidence to Environment Court
|Project team||Ken Gimblett|
Dr. Vaughan Keesing
|Project date||2009 - 2012|